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Art Basel Launches New Art Basel Cities Initiative

Art Basel Launches New Art Basel Cities Initiative

Art Basel announced a new initiative called Art Basel Cities to expand their  engagement in the art world from staging art fairs (Basel, Miami, Hong Kong) to working with cities to develop cultural events with international resonance. Right now, the only way art collectors, gallerists and scenesters engage with Art Basel is through their grand scale fairs in Basel, Switzerland, Art Basel Miami Beach and Hong Kong which takes place March 24-26  and of course the parties affiliated with it.

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A newly formed advisory board, consisting of prominent art world figures with expertise across various disciplines, will work alongside Art Basel’s Director of Business Initiatives, Patrick Foret, to develop this new strategic initiative. Members of the board include: David Adjaye, Füsun Eczacıbaşı, Richard Florida, Jacques Herzog, Sam Keller, William Lim, Simon Mordant AM, Lars Nittve, Anne Pasternak, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Dennis Scholl, Uli Sigg and Michael Tay.
Foret was instrumental in the creation and successful launch of Art Basel’s crowdfunding initiative with Kickstarter in 2014 which has raised nearly $800,000 funding 34 projects from a diverse range of locations around the world including Detroit, USA; Kabul, Afghanistan; Lagos, Nigeria; Mexico City, Mexico; Port-au Prince, Haiti; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San José, Costa Rica and Vancouver, Canada.

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With the cities initiative “Art Basel aims to work with cities that have either an emerging or an already established cultural scene and a strong commitment to establishing themselves internationally as a cultural destination.” Some of the hot, up and coming art scenes right now includes Detroit, Lagos, Nigeria, Columbus, Ohio and Mexico City. Using Miami Beach, which launched there 14 years ago, as an example of the impact they could have not only on the city’s economy (an estimated total of $500 million during #ABMB) as well as a cultural renaissance this is an exciting announcement in the art world an can’t wait to see how this develops.

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